On Listening

Lara Schopp Articles, Staff Messages

  By Lara Schopp, Director of Communications Andrew Forsthoefel had just graduated from college when he decided to walk across the country. He had no goal – he wasn’t raising money or awareness. He was walking to listen. He literally carried a sign that read “Walking to Listen,” and along …

Worship Works

Lara Schopp Articles, Mike Graves

Ask most church-going folks what they love best about Sundays and they will likely point to two things, worship services and a day of rest (even if the latter is more idealized thinking than reality). Skimming the newspaper, listening to National Public radio, enjoying some waffles, and, oh yes, sliding into a pew for some hymns, prayers, and a sermon; what a lovely Lord’s day morning.

Thank You!

Lara Schopp Articles, Give, Staff Messages

By Rachel Clement, Director of Finance I love the stewardship theme for the year! When I first heard it my reaction was “Of course!” Of course the stewardship committee would chose a theme that fits this church so well. You couldn’t be more welcoming. To me this theme is more …

Who Invites Who?

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday

At an oval conference table, my clergy colleagues pulled up a chair and glanced at the agenda. Hmm. Stewardship season again? At the head of the conference room table, a tall white haired elder with broad shoulders and a booming voice took his seat.

On Coming to Country Club

Lara Schopp Articles, Mike Graves

By Dr. Mike Graves, Guest Preacher When back in 1999 I felt led to have my ordination recognized by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), I never could have imagined the role our church would play. The Committee on Ordination and Standing that I met with was incredibly supportive, comprised …

Welcome to Our Church Family

Lara Schopp Articles, Staff Messages, Visitor Information

By Barbara George, Director of Membership Development “Welcome to our Church Family.” This is what I say to individuals as they make their commitment to membership at Country Club Christian Church. We certainly are a family; like-minded people of faith, in fellowship together, a community who expresses caring and concern …

On Saying Goodbye to Lucky

Lara Schopp Articles, Mike Graves

A former colleague of mine had a saying taped to his door at the seminary, “A drop of ink may cause a million to think.” There’s no doubt in my mind, the written word can touch people. In this case, I have no illusions that this article will reach a million people, but a modest number counts all the same. Besides, the topic itself is rather small, about 20 pounds in this case.

Sacred Space

Lara Schopp Articles, Congregational Care, Joe Walker

This past month we held a family celebration at Tall Oaks Conference Center, our region’s camp in Linwood, Kansas. The eldest of our four generations had been volunteers at Tall Oaks long years ago and they love to return to its familiar beauty and relive the memory of friendships that the camp evokes.

On Mystery

Lara Schopp Articles, Mike Graves

Theologians distinguish between two broad streams of thinking about God – kataphatic and apophatic. You can’t use these in Scrabble, but they are worth knowing. The former focuses on what can be known about God, whereas the latter stresses what can’t be known.

Together in a New Way

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday

I had never been to Kansas City. A vivacious and beautiful young single woman in a brown Oldsmobile sedan picked me up from the airport. The next thing I knew I was seated at a restaurant on the Plaza and there was a large Texas state flag hanging on the wall behind our table. For two days I met with various committees from the church. They packed a lot of the saints onto those committees.

First Fridays

Lara Schopp Articles, Children & Families, Connect, Staff Messages

By Lindsay Howes, Director of Children’s Ministries We kicked off our new and exciting First Friday programming last month and just held our second event on Mar. 3. First Friday is a time for 3rd-5th graders and 6th-8th graders to come and enjoy community, food and fun. Last month we …